Juvenile Defense Lawyers

Experienced St. Charles Area Juvenile Lawyers

If your child has been arrested, we encourage you to immediately contact our experienced juvenile criminal attorneys at The Lampin Law Firm. The sooner you speak to us, the sooner we can get to work protecting your child.

We believe that a mistake made by your child now should not haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Experienced and Compassionate Attorneys helping kids in the juvenile and criminal justice systems

Children’s criminal cases are handled differently than those of adults in the State of Missouri. The criminal courts have long recognized that children’s developing minds are not able to comprehend their actions and understand consequences in the same manner as an adult’s mature brain. Juvenile offenders therefore warrant a unique approach focused on rehabilitation. With compassion for the children accused of crimes, The Lampin Law Firm zealously represents them in the juvenile justice system.

Our Juvenile defense lawyers will vigorously defend your child. Our goal is to:

  • Keep your child’s record clean
  • Mitigate punishment
  • Work to find solutions for your child now and in the future


Juvenile Law in Missouri

A juvenile is guaranteed by the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution and by the United States Supreme Court Decision of In re Gault, to be represented by an attorney in juvenile court. In Missouri, juveniles are entitled to counsel at all stages of the proceedings, including in-custody interrogation, detention hearings, adjudications, motions to modify, and certification hearings.

Despite the existence of juvenile courts, many youths are still tried as adults. Missouri has two ways that juveniles can be prosecuted as adults: 1. Discretionary waiver: Juvenile court may order a transfer hearing for youth twelve and older, on any party’s (or its own) motion, for any felony offense. For statutorily-delineated violent offenses, the court must hold a transfer hearing. 2. If the child has been previously certified and prosecuted as an adult, he will from then on always be under adult court jurisdiction.

The age of a child who comes within the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts is defined by state law. In Missouri: No statute specifies the youngest age at which a juvenile can be adjudicated delinquent. The Juvenile court has jurisdiction of a child that occur prior to the child’s 17th birthday. The juvenile court can retain jurisdiction over the child until the age of 21, provided that the offense has been alleged to have been committed before the child turned 17.

It is crucial for your child to have competent legal representation from the time the juvenile is notified to meet with a Deputy Juvenile Officer, when the child is taken into custody and throughout the proceedings. This is particularly true for a meeting with a Deputy Juvenile Officer or at a hearing in Juvenile court.

Juvenile records are confidential in most cases. However, they are always available to law enforcement and other government agencies. It is essential to obtain reliable and high-quality legal advice from an experienced lawyer who regularly appears in Juvenile court before you meet with a Deputy Juvenile Officer or appear with your child in court.


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Juvenile-Lawyer-St-CharlesOur Experienced St. Charles Juvenile Defense Lawyers Will Fight For Your Child.

With so much at stake, you need a criminal defense attorney who understands the complexities of representing a juvenile and who will fight for their rights.

The experienced juvenile lawyers at The Lampin Law Firm have represented many juvenile offenders over the years and we understand the importance of not letting a mistake made by an adolescent effect them for the rest of their lives.

Contact the Juvenile Defense Team at The Lampin Law Firm today at (636) 229-9999.

Professional Achievement

Selected by Super Lawyers in 2016 - Charles Lampin

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Professional Achievement

Charles Lampin

Demonstrating High Ethical Standards and Integrity- An AV rating ® signifies a lawyer who has achieved an elite status that far surpasses many others.

Professional Association

Michael Boyd and Ross Buehler

MACDL is dedicated to protecting the rights of criminally accused through a strong and cohesive criminal defense bar. They strive to improve the quality of justice in Missouri by seeking to ensure fairness and equality before the law.

Professional Association

Ross Buehler

As a member of NACDL, Ross Buehler and our entire criminal defense team work to ensure justice and due process to those accused of crimes or misconduct.

Professional Achievement

Michael Boyd

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40. Membership is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.

Professional Achievement

Charles Lampin

By invitation only, those included in the Top 100 trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers demonstrate superior legal advocacy skills, have a stellar reputation, and have a positive impact on their community.

National Asbestos/Mesothelioma

Trial Lawyers

The National Asbestos/Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers Association is a networked group of attorneys representing patients who were made sick through no fault of their own. The goal is to enable members to draw upon the specialty association’s strong training, educational and networking resources so they may have benefits that were either unavailable or difficult to find on their own.

Professional Achievement

Michael Boyd

Recognizes attorneys for their excellence in their field and have achieved unparalleled success for the benefit of their client. Membership is an exclusive honor and extended only to those selected few who have reached the top of their profession while doing so with the client’s satisfaction being of the most paramount importance.

Professional Association

Charles Lampin

The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

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